Valley Children’s breaks ground on new Modesto outpatient care center

Construction on a state-of-the-art medical center is underway to provide much needed specialized healthcare to children in the Central Valley.

Valley Children’s Healthcare broke ground on May 20 on the site of its Pelandale Specialty Care Center. The 40,000-square-foot outpatient treatment center will treat children in the areas of pediatric cardiology, pediatric gastroenterology, pediatric orthopaedics and more.

Many were in attendance to celebrate the beginning of the project, including Valley Children’s President and CEO Todd Suntrapak, Board of Trustees members, families, community leaders and Oakland Raiders Quarterback Derek Carr.

“This facility is going to, as many have said already, enhance access to kids right around the corner, and allow us to keep about 80 percent of the kids, who have to come down to Madera now, here locally,” Suntrapak said.

The Pelandale Specialty Care Center is the second outpatient center in Modesto. The current location, McHenry Specialty Care Center, saw more than 9,900 visits in 2016. Valley Children’s has estimated more than 27,500 visits will occur within the next 10 years.

Madera-based Valley Children’s goal is to have treatment facilities in 11 counties in California, making it possible for patients and their families to keep traveling to a minimum to receive care.

The new outpatient center comes at no cost to taxpayers. The project is paid for in cash. Valley Children’s is not using funds from bonds or measures.

Carr and his wife Heather were in attendance to show support to the system that cared for their child.

The Carrs are longtime supporters of Valley Children’s. Their oldest son, Dallas, underwent treatment at Valley Children’s Hospital, spending 23 days in the Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The Carr family established DC4KIDS, a campaign intended to fund the most immediate needs at Valley Children’s. In less than a year, donors have pledged more than $100,000 to DC4KIDS. Their son is a thriving example of the system’s care.

“(Valley Children’s is) a place where families can come and get the best care,” Derek Carr said. “Not only do they have hope that their children are going to be OK, they know they will be when they’re there. Anything my wife and I can do to make the kids smile, make their families smile, we want to be a part of that.”

The Pelandale Specialty Care Center will open late 2018.